I am sorry to say this but we are actually leaving Kunming so the garden here is finishing up (but we will start a new garden soon). The tomatoes plants, which I feel infinitely proud of, have found a new home with a really nice couple who I am confident will look after them well. Amazingly one of the tomato plants seems to have its first little bud of a fruit. I touched each flower very carefully with my finger yesterday to move the pollen into the correct place. I was worried about them not pollinating so I looked it up and actually you only need one plant to get fruit because they self-pollinate. So all you need is a little bit of a shake of the flowers to move the pollen into the correct location for pollination. Just look how big and strong the tomatoes are now.
We decided to finally dig up the carrots and garlic, to see if anything was happening down there. I feel a bit bad for complaining about the carrots. They have definitely been slow but they have managed to produce the cutest, most tiny little crop of carrots I have ever seen. We washed them and ate them, very sweet!
The garlic was also coming along ok, but it would have needed more time to make a good crop. It is a shame to lose the garlic as I have heard that this year there might be a worldwide shortage of it. It is really easy to grow but it needs to be planted quite a long time in advance of when you will need it so you do need to be organised with garlic.
I have flicked back through all the photos and although many of our crops weren’t totally successful I still cant believe how much success we did have. I think we have both learned quite a bit here and hopefully our next attempts will be really successful.
Until our next seeds are planted,
Emma & Adam =(